50 Walmart stores rope in shelf-scanning robots

Oct 30, 2017, 7:35 AM EDT
(Source: Carmen Shields/flickr)
(Source: Carmen Shields/flickr)

Walmart’s workforce in 50 stores now comprises autonomous shelf-scanning robots that move up and down the aisles checking if the shelves are fully stocked and items are labeled and placed correctly.

The retailer claims that the robots are deployed to assist human workers with “repeatable, predictable, and manual” jobs, which frees up time for core functions like serving customers and selling merchandize, notes The Verge.

The robot fleet, already tested in a number of stores in Arkansas, Pennsylvania and California, is thrice as efficient as human employees along with being 50 percent more productive and more accurate with scanning, writes Futurism.

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